For the last two weeks, when I run with no music, I have been observing my body and the way I run. Slowly, I am seeing where and how can I improve my running form.
I am suspecting the tension I feel in my Achilles tendon at slower paces comes from the fact that I am not unloading it fully, as my feet do not lift off as high as it is advised. I was trying to correct it (nothing too drastic, just a little bit) and it helped. And it did seem like I ran faster in those intervals when I remembered to correct for this; however, it was also quite tiresome and my overall pace did not change.
Speaking of pace, my training plan apparently thinks I am a way better runner than I actually am, and wants to adjust to fit my actual level. On the one hand, that feels like a good thing, but on the other, the goal pace it would require me to run in less than a month would be under 5 min/km – and I have never even went below 6.
I still haven’t decided if I want to adjust my plan or not, but 5k under 25 minutes feels completely unrealistic to me at this moment.
Fun thing, I stepped into exactly the same puddle as last run. Silly me. And I was very lucky with the weather – it was raining all day, and I got the “dry” window for my run. It started to rain again the very moment I reached my home and finished.
There are still so many people running around here! It’s like an epidemic!
I don’t complain – I think that’s great. Even though not all of them will still be running in a couple of weeks, I am glad people at least try. And certainly at least some of them might catch the running bug, right?